RGIII speaks out against ‘tyranny of political correctness’

May 1, 2013

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

 

Yesterday, Robert Griffin III took to Twitter to express frustration about…something.

 

The logical assumption is that Griffin had some issues with the attention he got for his statement made during the Redskins’ draft party. Not a big deal, although I’m not sure how many ways you can take it when a Redskins player says, “We made Cowboys Stadium our home.”

About an hour later, Griffin let loose with a series of fairly cryptic tweets.

 

 

 

 

 

Griffin isn’t the first to use the phrase “tyranny of political correctness.” It’s most commonly used in conservative arguments, and some right leaning media outlets applauded his use of the phrase (for instance here). You can google it for the history, but now you’ll have to sort through the first 87 pages of Griffin mentions.

The tweets caused a variety of speculation as to what this was about. His Cowboys statement? The provocative phrase would make a reasonable person think that this was about more than some silly pep-rally comment made on draft day four days earlier.

Was it about the Redskins’ team name? The issue surfaced again yesterday when it was announced that a D.C. councilmember is preparing a resolution to change the Redskins name to “Redtails.”

Was it about Jason Collins coming out? Media members, such as ESPN’s Chris Broussard, have received some negative feedback for voicing unpopular opinions on the subject. Redskins teammate Chris Baker, who tweeted support for Collins, also tweeted about people who get angry with those who “disagree with the gay lifestyle” before deleting those tweets, presumably due to backlash.

So you see, there was more than one issue at play yesterday that could have had RGIII’s jersey in a bunch. Now, I’m not one to tell people how they should be using their allotted 140 characters. But it seems to me that if you’re concerned about the way people interpret what you’re saying, perhaps you should leave less up to interpretation.

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